There is a certain audacity to four young curators adopting the title 'London Contemporary Music Festival' for their first large-scale collective venture. For a festival that deliberately sets out to sidestep the musical establishment, there's an aspect of calculated provocation in the appropriation of a title that would seem to be the preserve of that establishment. The gesture, however, goes some way further than staking a symbolic claim. At the same time as the curators (Aisha Orazbayeva, Sam Mackay, Igor Toronyi-Lalic and Lucy Railton, in collaboration with the commissioning body Bold Tendencies, based at the Peckham Multi-Storey Car Park) have effectively bypassed the establishment networks and funding structures, they have set out a clear alternative narrative about how contemporary music may yet be practised and understood.
Armstrong, Newton (2014) First Performances: "Bold Tendencies": London Contemporary Music Festival, Peckham multi-storey car park, London, 25-28 July, 1-4 August 2013. In: Tempo, Vol. 68, No. 267, pp. 63-65. Available at https://openmusiclibrary.org/article/82091/.